In my last column, I must have sounded very despondent. The column was called “Inner Thoughts” and in it I sounded as if I were complaining about growing older and losing some of my life skills.
I was rejuvenated by three e-mails from three of my compassionate readers who picked up on my insecurities. I am thankful for the three messages that tried to cheer me up. Each letter made me get a hold of myself and stop public weeping and feeling sorry for myself. Their names are mentioned here: Beth, Rick Feinstein, and Phyllis and Jerry Tenenbaum.
Although I am a month behind the news cycle, I have hurricane hangover. The soundtrack of my life during the build up to Irene was like the theme from Jaws, that universal jingle of impending doom. I live in Long Beach, close to the bay and canal and a few blocks from the ocean.
I am not one of those who thought the warnings were overhyped or unjustified. I think it was the right thing to do, to warn people and issue orders for mandatory evacuation. I did evacuate my family. And, although we did not suffer any damage I do not regret evacuating. I felt the same way decades ago when hurricane Gloria blew in. I wanted my children then, who are young adults now, to know that they should take hurricanes seriously.
As I look at the last few tomatoes and impatiens struggling against the cool weather I try to compare it to a human existence. In my column I try not to be overly sentimental, but these thoughts have been intruding on my consciousness more and more.
My tennis game, which I was proud of five years ago, is one of the victims. My A-minus status has descended into C-plus or B-minus. Also, I need more sleep to get through the day. My pace of living has also slowed a bit. I am not used to being lethargic. I was always a firecracker, springing to the task at hand.
The liver is the largest internal organ in the body while the skin is the body’s largest overall organ. Many liver problems will manifest on the skin and an astute observer can diagnosis liver conditions by carefully examining the skin. Skin manifestations are one the most common ways that liver diseases show themselves and often these findings provide the first clues to underlying liver disease. A good understanding of the skin manifestations of liver disease prepares the non-dermatologist for more accurate and improved diagnosis and care.
New York City held its share of the Tennis Grand Slams in late August. It came after the Melbourne, Australia, Paris, France, and London, England tournaments. New York’s share came during the September 11, 2001 memorial services. The tournament’s presence confirms NYC as one of the major urban centers of the world.
Tennis players from around the planet came to try their luck and skill at surviving the luck of the draw in Flushing Meadows. There were about 100 invitees and 16 or so qualifiers. The qualifying round pitted young and upcoming players against each other to enter the group.
The Not So Mighty Ducks, affectionately known as the “Duckies,” are Nassau County’s entry in the All-Avian Baseball League (AABL). With two weeks to go in the regular season, the hi-flying Duckies are leading their conference and have their fans in the grip of pennant fever. For those not familiar with the team, here’s what it looks like position by position with a breakdown of how players field, run and throw.
First Base: This position requires a rangy bird that can stretch out for errant throws while keeping his foot on the base. The loon is a perennially Gold Glove winner. On close plays his eerie cry can chill base runners causing them to break stride and be called out. “Loonie,” as he is affectionately known to his teammates, because of his likeness on the Canadian one-dollar coin, is a “money” player.
I am so ashamed!
I have been writing this column for about 12 years and I have never spoken about my beloved parents to my beloved readers. Unfortunately, my parents are both gone now, but I feel their lives were interesting enough to warrant an introduction.
I am writing this column as I sit and wait for Hurricane Irene to unleash its potential havoc on Long Island. It is an odd feeling as I watch the television and follow the storm’s course to see when and where it will hit Long Island. Like most of my neighbors, I have moved my outdoor furniture into the garage, cleared everything off the basement floor and moved anything of value from the lower level to the higher level of my home. Now the wait is on. This hurricane is coming just one week after the earthquake shook us last week. Unlike many, that was the first earthquake I have ever felt. When it happened, I was seeing a patient in my office. The exam room door started to shake and both the patient and I thought someone was trying to get into the room. I opened the door and found no one on the other side but did note that the building was shaking. Not really sure what was going on, we organized the office, led everyone down the steps and waited in the parking lot to get the all clear and learn that we had just felt the earthquake.
There was no calm after the storm!
Irene blasted her way across the eastern coast of America like a scorned woman getting even with a cheating lover. She brought winds that toppled sturdy trees and rainwater that flooded highways that looked underused. She turned the lights off in many single homes and many condominiums, even those with underground wiring.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many generous residents of the Sixth Senate District and beyond, who donated items to my “Back to School Drive” initiative.
Many community members dropped off important supplies to my community office this month including backpacks, spiral and marble notebooks, loose leaf, binders, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pencils, pencil cases, ballpoint pens, rulers, glue-sticks, scissors. These supplies will be distributed to underprivileged children residing within my district just in time for the new school year.
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